As a highly skilled Nurse Educator I read your posting for a new Nurse Educator with interest. My experience aligns well with the qualifications you are seeking at Baptist Medical Centre in particular my role as a Nurse Educator at University Hospital and I am certain I would make a valuable addition to your organisation.
With more than 10 years’ experience as a Nurse Educator I am adept in staff and patient education training manuals and program implementation. Moreover while my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set including first-rate planning and problem solving abilities I excel at:
- Educating patients on medication regimens and treatment plans.
- Promoting positive behavioural changes to facilitate wellness and compliance.
- Mentoring and education hospital staff on treatments and patient care protocols.
- Evaluating current training programs and developing improvements.
In addition to my experience and personal qualities I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for education. I am extremely enthusiastic about Baptist Medical Centre’s focus on education and would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the success of your educational programs and future initiatives.
Please review my attached resume for additional details regarding my expertise and career achievements. I will follow up to request an appointment to discuss how my experience and background meet your needs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Congratulations! You know what positions you are looking for and are ready to start your job search. You have also just written a dynamite resume. Before you send out that first resume and hope for the best, develop a cover letter that introduces your resume to the employer and encourages a follow-up call.
Cover letters are concise, informative, and should pique the reader’s interest. Think of it as a snapshot of your resume.
From the job announcement for the position in which you are interested, identify one to three of your accomplishments that are most related to the requirements of this position. Describe them in such a way that the reader can link her needs to your skills. Show her that you have solved problems similar to hers. She does not have time to make the connection--your cover letter must do that for her.
Content: Cover letters should be no more than one page long (3 - 4 paragraphs). The first paragraph states why you are writing, the title or type of the position you are seeking, and where you heard about it. If possible, include the name of a networking contact--someone who knows both you and the employer.
The second and third paragraphs elaborate your experiences and interests. Be sure to focus on those that demonstrate your related skills.
The closing paragraph outlines the action you will take to follow up on your application. If the advertisement requests no phone calls, end your letter with a statement such as, “I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
Salary information: Since the salary range for recent nursing graduates is narrow, you won’t have much room to negotiate salary or benefits. As a result, it is recommended that you not include salary requirements in your cover letter-your request may eliminate you from consideration. Of course, you’ll want to be prepared to discuss an offer by researching salary ranges for new nurses in the geographic area in which you are interested.
The following are suggestions as you write a cover letter:
- Be clear. Have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing.
- When possible, address the letter to a person and not to a position or title. Avoid using “Dear Sir” or “Dear Madam.” If you do not know the name, address the letter to "Dear Hiring Manager:"
- Make your letter brief.
- Make your letters warm and personal. Avoid jargon.
- Carefully proofread for grammatical, spelling, or typing errors. Use a spell checker!
- Use the same paper as your resume. If you are mailing the application, use a matching envelope.
- Keep copies of all correspondence for easier follow-up.
- Develop your own cover letters. You can easily adapt them to fit any position for which you are applying
Sample Cover Letter
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